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The Right Thing at the Right Price - Right nearby

Oct 28, 2020 09:02PM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN

Image courtesy of Collectors Consortium

Are you looking for a collectible? An antique? A designer bag? Or an oriental rug? May we suggest a few places in Southwest Florida where you can score a great deal, snag something unique and still not break the bank. From Fort Myers to Bonita Springs to in-between, here is an excellent selection of unique shops—resale, consignment, wearable art, and antiques and collectibles—that will leave you wanting to shop even more.

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Collectors Consortium, Bonita Springs
From Antiques to Collectibles

This antiques boutique is a great spot to find just the right piece or even a hard-to-replace object from long ago that you thought you would never see again. Fifteen different vendors sell their wares here, all under one roof. “We have everything from oriental rugs to bric-a-brac, to jewelry to pirate-themed to artwork from local artists,” says Marilyn Anderson, store manager. If you are looking to sell an antique or collectible, you’ve also come to the right place, as they can make you an offer you can’t refuse. The store is in Bonita Springs on old 41, just south of Coconut Point Mall.

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Hope Chest, North Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, South Fort Myers
From Designer to Resale Goods

Hope Chest resale stores have three locations to score a great deal—all for a good cause.

The inventory is wide-ranging—designer clothing, second-hand clothes, high-quality furniture, home goods, appliances, unique treasures, craft supplies, antiques, accessories, used books, and a whole lot more, including children’s clothes. “I always head to Hope Chest, as it’s my go-to store for great thrift deals, and I always score on kid’s items,” says shopper Louise Oakes of Cape Coral. 

Volunteers staff the store, and the proceeds from all three locations help Hope Healthcare provide compassionate care for those with serious illness and their loved ones. Southwest Floridians are welcome to  shop, donate items or volunteer their time at any one of the Hope Chest locations in North Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and South Fort Myers.

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What 2 Wear, Fort Myers
From International to Local Designers

Michael Kors, Coach, Prada and local favorites like White House Black Market are just a few of the names you will find on the merchandise at What 2 Wear, Southwest Florida’s destination for luxe consignment shopping for women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories—all with guaranteed authenticity. Established 16 years ago, the store is worth a drive from just about anywhere. “We feature authentic-only designer labels from Chico’s on up to Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Plus, there are new arrivals daily,” says the store’s owner, JoAnne Jenkins. For those who are looking to consign, that’s also an option; visit the website for details. The store is located in Fort Myers on McGregor Boulevard between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive.

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media.


Collectors Consortium
25091 Bernwood Drive, Unit 7, Bonita Springs

Hope Chest

North Fort Myers Store
13821 N. Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers

Bonita Springs Store
28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Suite B, Bonita Springs

South Fort Myers Store
14540 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers

What 2 Wear
13251 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers